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|Rusty Wallace, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin, and Bill Elliot all appeared in a country music video in 1997. What popular singer was the star of the video?|
Alan Jackson. NASCAR and country music have a close relationship. So do American motor vehicles. The video, set to Jackson's remake of "Who's Cheatin Who?", ties in all three, as Jackson had a sponsorship with Ford at the time. The five drivers in the video competed in Ford cars on the Winston Cup circuit at the time of the filming.
|Rusty Wallace had a favorite car in the early to mid-'90s. He even gave it a clever nickname. What did he call his beloved chassis?|
Midnight. His Miller Genuine Draft-sponsored machine was black and gold. Appropriately, Rusty chose the name "Midnight" for his short track ride, and she brought him much success.
|Sadly, several drivers have left us as a result of racing accidents. Most of these fatalities occurred during practice. Which one of these drivers was killed during a practice?|
Rodney Orr. Rodney was killed during a practice session for the 1994 Daytona 500. He was the reigning Goody's Dash Series champion, and is known for losing his life two days after popular veteran Neil Bonnett also died in practice at Daytona.
Grant Adcox's accident occurred at the 1989 Atlanta Journal 500.
JD McDuffie's fatal crash was during the 1992 Budweiser at the Glen. Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed at the 2001 Daytona 500 as a result of a last lap crash.
|Which of these men are known by their birth first names?|
Michael Waltrip. Ernie's full name is Virgil Ernest Irvan, and Neil's full name is Lawrence Neil Bonnett. Ward's full name is John Edward Burton III, and Michael's full name is Michael Curtis Waltrip.
|The cars driven on the road have changed a great deal since NASCAR's inception. Likewise, the cars that stock car drivers take the wheel of have also changed. Which of these models was piloted to the first NASCAR stock car championship?|
Oldsmobile 88. The first two champions drove General Motors' Oldsmobile Rocket 88s. Later, the Oldsmobile Cutlass and Oldsmobile Delta 88 were featured in Cup races. Sadly, Oldsmobile was gradually phased out, and production ceased completely in 2004.
|Which late driver was the first to be voted "Most Popular Driver"?|
Curtis Turner. 1956 saw the commencement of the annual "Most Popular Driver" award. Virginia native Curtis "Pops" Turner won that year. Sadly, he was killed in an airplance crash in Pennsylvania in 1970. This "Blond Blizzard of Virginia" was posthumously named one of NASCAR's "50 Greatest Drivers".
Roberts (1957), Weatherly (1961), and Isaac (1969) eventually were voted most popular as well.
|Which of these "firsts" cannot be attributed to Red Byron?|
First self-owned NASCAR champion. Born in Colorado but reared in the South, Red Byron won the NASCAR Modified title in its first year, 1948. The next year, the Strickly Stock series was formed, and he claimed that title as well. He retired from NASCAR in 1951 after only two stock car wins, but he is considered one of the founding fathers of NASCAR. Herb Thomas was the first owner-driver to win the Strickly Stock Series.
|Which driver won the 1989 Busch Series, and set a record for being the youngest driver to win a championship?|
Rob Moroso. Rob Moroso was killed in an alcohol-related traffic accident in North Carolina in 1990. He raced as a rookie in 1988 and finished second in the points, then won it all in 1989.
|Although he was never a Cup champion, Harry Gant was rather popular and continues to have a loyal fan base. Several nicknames were bestowed upon him. Which one of these does not refer to Harry?|
Mr. Excitement. North Carolina born Harry Phil Gant's chiseled good looks earned him the name "Handsome Harry." (Although he was called "The Bandit" because of his unusually long sponsor relationship with Skoal, not becase he stole hearts!) Harry won a total of six NASCAR races in September 1991 (all four Winston Cup races and two Busch Series races), hence the monikor "Mr. September."
"Mr. Excitement" refers to Jimmy Spencer.
|What track hosted the first official NASCAR race held north of the Mason-Dixon line?|
Langhorne Speedway. Langhorne Speedway, located near Philadelphia, was the site of the September 11, 1949 "Strictly Stock" race. It was closed in 1971 and later demolished after 45 years and numerous unfortunate fatalities. Hamburg Speedway is in NY, and Heidelberg in western PA and Canfield in OH. All of these tracks saw early NASCAR action.
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